Buccochromis nototaenia from Lake Malawi

Buccochromis nototaenia

Buccochromis nototaenia. Photo courtesy of Don Greg Steeves and AfricanCichlids.net

Also know as the Stripeback Hap for a single dark stripe running along the back of females and young males. Buccochromis nototaenia is not as popular in the hobby as some of the other large predatory cichlids from Lake Malawi. Males can reach the length of a foot or more making large aquariums a must if you plan on keeping them. In the wild, B. nototaenia preys on juvenile cichlids along the sandy bottom shores of the lake. While you may not find them at every fish store, Buccochromis nototaenia is available from time to time. What is hard to find is much information about this species. Some forum members have discussed this species in the past, so your best bet is the check the Lake Malawi forum if you are planning on adding them to your large show tank.

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